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    JURASSIC PARKscreenplay


    David Koepp

    based upon the novelby

    Michael Crichton

    and on adaptationby

    Michael Crichtonand Malia Scotch Marmo

    December 11, 1992

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    An eyeball, big, yellowish, distinctly inhuman, stares raptlybetween wooden slats, part of a large crate. The eye darts from sideto side, alert as hell.

    A legend tries to place us - -


    - - but to us it's still the middle of nowhere.

    It's quiet for a second. A ROAR rises up from the jungle,deafening. The trees shake as something very, very large plows aheadthrough them, right at us. Every head gathered in this little clearingsnaps, turning in the direction of the sound as it bursts through thetrees.

    It's a bulldozer. It drops its scoop and pushes forward intothe back end of the crate, shoving it across the jungle floor towardsan impressive fenced structure that towers over an enclosed section ofthick jungle. There's a guard tower at one end of this holding openthat makes it look like San Quentin.

    The bulldozer pushes forward into the back end, the crate THUDSTO THE FLOOR. A door slides open in the pen, making a space as big asthe end of the crate.

    Nobody moves for a second, A grim-faced guy who seems to be incharge (Robert Muldoon, although we don't know it yet).

    MULDOONAlright now, pushers move in. Loading team move it.

    The movement as agitated whatever is inside the crate, and thewhole thing shivers as GROWLS and SNAPS come from inside.Everyone moves back.

    MULDOON (cont'd)Alright, steady. Get back in there now, push. Get backin there, Don't let her know you're afraid!

    The men go back to the crate and begin to push it into the slot.

    The crate THUDS UP AGAINST THE OPENING. A green light on the side ofthe pen lights up, showing contact has been made.

    FROM INSIDE THE CRATE,we get glimpses of what's on the other side of those woodenslates - - jungle foliage, MEN with rifles, searching searchlights.The view is herky-jerky as the crate put into position.


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    Well locked Loading team, step away. Joffrey, raisethe gate.

    A WORKER climbs to the top of the crate. The search lights aretrained on the door.

    The RIFFLEMEN throw the bolts on their rifles and CRACK theirstun guns, sending arcs of current CRACKING through the air.

    The WORKER gets ready to grab the gate when all at once - -

    A ROAR from the inside the crate, and the panel flies out of hishands and SMACKS into him, knocking him clear off the crate.

    Now everything happens at once. The WORKER THUDS to the junglefloor, the crate jerks away from the mouth of the holding pen flash, analarm BUZZER sounds - -

    - - and a claw SLASHES out from inside the crate. It sinks intothe ankle of the WORKER. dragging him toward the dark mouth between thecrate and the pen. The WORKER SCREAMS and paws the dirt, leaving longclaw marks as he is rapidly dragged toward the crate.

    Muldoon SHOUTS orders:

    MULDOONTasers get in there, Goddamn it!

    They FIRE their guns - the wood of the crate SPLINTERS.

    Muldoon runs in and grabs the WORKER, trying to pull him free.

    The wild arcs of currents from the stun gun flash and CRACK allaround, but in a second - -

    - - the WORKER is gone.

    CUT TO:



    DONALD GENNARO, forty, in a city man's idea of hiking clothesand a hundred dollar haircut, approaches on a raft being pulled acrossa river by TWO MEN.

    On the hillside, JUAN ROSTAGNO, thirty-ish, Costa Rican, asmart-looking guy in workers clothes, is waiting for him.

    ROSTAGNOTengo mil pesos que dicen que se cae

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    (I have a thousand pesos that say he falls)(or)

    Apuesto mil pesos que se cae.(I bet a thousand pesos he falls)

    Gennaro finally lands, and Rostagno helps him off the raft.

    GENNAROHola, Juanito

    ROSTAGNOHola, bienvenido

    Rostagno leads Gennaro towards the mine. Dozen of shirtlessWORKERS claw and SCRAPE at a rocky mountainside that is the site of anextensive mining operation. The work is all done by hand, pick andshovel instead of dynamite and bulldozer.

    GENNAROWhat's this I hear at the airport Hammond's not evenhere?

    ROSTAGNOHe sends his apologies.

    GENNAROYou're telling me that we're facing a $20 millionlawsuit from the family of that injured worker and Hammond couldn'teven be bothered to see me?


    He had to leave early to be with his daughter. She'sgetting a divorce.

    GENNAROI understand that.

    (or)I'm sorry to hear that. We'd be well advised to dealwith this situation now. The insurance company - -

    Gennaro almost falls, Rostagno helps him.

    GENNARO (cont'd)- -the underwriters of the park feel the accident raises

    some very serious questions about the safety of the park, and they'remaking the investors very anxious. I had to promise I would conduct athorough on-site inspection.

    ROSTAGNOHammond hates inspections. They slow everything down.

    GENNAROJuanito, if they pull the funding, that will really

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    slow things down.(or)

    If they pull the funding that's going to slow thingsdown around here.

    A WORKER hurries up to them and busts into the conversation,


    WORKER(to Rostagno)

    Jefe, encontramos otro mosquito, en el mismo sitio.(Chief, we found another mosquito in the same place)

    ROSTAGNOSeguro? Muestrame!

    (Are you sure? Show me.)

    The WORKER and ROSTAGNO scramble back deeper into the mine.Rostagno calls back over his shoulder to Gennaro.

    ROSTAGNO (cont'd)It seems like it's going to be a good day after all.They found another one! C'mon.

    Gennaro struggles to keep up.


    ROSTAGNO and GENNARO move into the dark, dripping cave, where at

    least a dozen other WORKERS are gathered in a tight circle, staring atsomething intently.

    Rostagno fights his way to the center of the group. One of theWORKERS hands him something and Rostagno examines it carefully.

    It's a chuck of amber, a shiny yellow rock about the size of ahalf dollar.GENNAROIf two experts sign off on the island, the insuranceguys'll back off. I already got Ian Malcolm, but they think he's tootrendy. They want Alan Grant.

    ROSTAGNOGrant? You'll never get him out of Montana.

    GENNAROWhy not?

    ROSTAGNOBecause he's like me. He's a digger.

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    Rostagno turns and holds the amber up to the sunlight streamingthrough the mouth of the cave.

    With the light pouring through it, the amber is translucent, andwe can see something inside this strange stone - -

    - - a huge mosquito, long dead, entombed there.


    Hay que lindo eres vas hacer a much gente feliz.(Oh you're so beautiful. You will make a lot ofpeople happy)

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    An artist's camel hair brush carefully sweeps away sand and rockto slowly reveal the dark curve of a fossil - it's a claw. A dentist'spick gently lifts it from the place its has laid for millions of years.Pull up to reveal a group of diggers working on a large skeleton. Allwe see are the tops of their hats. The paleontologist working on theclaw lays it in his hand.


    Four complete skeletons. . . .such a small area. . .

    the same time horizon - -ELLIE

    They died together?

    GRANTThe taphonomy sure looks that way.

    ELLIEIf they died together, they lived together.Suggests some kind of social order.

    DR ALAN GRANT, mid-thirties, a ragged-looking guy with intense

    concentration you wouldn't want to get in the way of, carefullyexamines a claw.

    DR ELLIE SATTLER, working with him, leans in close and studiesit too. She paints the exposed bone with rubber cement. Ellie in herlate twenties, athletic-looking. There's an impatience about Ellie, asif nothing in life happens quite fast enough for her.

    Her face is almost pressed up against his, she's sitting so

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    GRANT (cont'd)They hunted as a team. The dismembered tenontosaurusbone over there - that's lunch. But what killed ourraptors in a lakebed, in a bunch like this? We better

    come up with something that makes sense.

    ELLIEA drought. The lake was shrinking - -


    That's good. That's right! They died around a dried-uppuddle! Without fighting each other. This is lookinggood.

    From the bottom of the hill a voice SHOUTS to them:

    VOLUNTERR (o.s.)Dr Grant! Dr Sattler! We're ready to try again!

    Grant SIGNS and sits up, stretching out his back.

    GRANTI hate computers.

    He shoves the claw absent-mindedly into his pocket and he andEllie walk toward the source of the voice. As they walk, we get ourfirst look at the badlands. Exposed outcroppings of crumblinglimestone stretch for miles in every direction, not a tree or a bush in

    sight.In the dig itself, the ground is checkered with excavationseverywhere. There's a base camp with five or six teepees, a flappingmess tent, a few cards, a flatbed truck with wrapped fossils loaded onit, and a mobile home. There are a dozen VOLUNTEERS of all ages atwork in various places around the dig. The Volunteers are from allwalks of life, dinosaur buffs. Three or four of them have CHILDRENwith them, and the kids run around, like in a giant sandbox.

    Grant , Ellie and a Volunteer walk down the hill. Grant spots aKID kicking dirt onto one of the digs. He notices and frowns.

    GRANTWhat's that kid doing?

    (to the kid)What are you doing there!? Excuse me! Can you just backoff? This is very fragile! Are you out of your mind?Get off that and go find your parents!

    (to Ellie)Did you see what he just did?

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    The kid stomps away, pissed off.



    (to Ellie)Why do they have to bring their kids?!

    ELLIEYou could hire your help. But there's four summers ofwork here, with the money for one. And you say it's alearning experience, sort of a vacation, and you getvolunteers with kids.

    He and Ellie arrive to where several VOLUNTEERS are clusteredaround a computer terminal that's set up on a table in a small tent,its flaps lashed open.

    GRANT(to the Volunteer)

    Ready to give it a shot, Jerry?

    A LITTLE GIRL moves a little too close to the machine.

    ELLIEWant to watch the computer?

    Ellie quietly moves her out of Grant's way, to a place she cansee.

    VOLUNTEERThumper ready?



    The VOLUNTEER throws a switch on a machine that looks a bit likea floor buffer. The whole thing hops up into the air as it drives asoft lead pellet into the earth with a tremendous force. There is adull THUD, the earth seems to vibrate, and all eyes turn to the

    computer screen - -

    ELLIEHow long does this usually take?

    VOLUNTEERIt should be immediate return. You shoot the radar intothe ground, the bone bounces back....

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    The screen suddenly comes alive, yellow contour lines tracingacross it in three waves, detailing a dinosaur skeleton.

    VOLUNTEERThis new program's incredible! A few more years ofdevelopment and you don't have to dig any more!

    Grant looks at him, and his expression is positively wounded.

    GRANTWell, where's the fun in that?

    VOLUNTEERIt looks a little distorted, but I don't think that'sthe computer.

    ELLIE(shakes her head)

    Postmortem contraction of the posterior neck ligaments.(to Grant)


    GRANTYes. Good shape, too. Five, six feet high. I'mguessing nine feet long. Look at the - -

    He points to part of the skeleton, but when his finger touchesthe screen the computer BEEPS at him and the image changes. He pullshis hand back, as if it shocked him.


    What's you do?ELLIE

    He touched it. Dr. Grant is not machine compatible.

    GRANTThey've got it in for me.

    The Volunteer LAUGHS and touches a different part of the screen,which brings the original image back. Grant continues, but doesn't getas close.


    Look at the half-moon shaped bone in the wrist. Nowonder these guys learned to fly.

    The group laughs. Grant is surprised.

    GRANT (cont'd)Now, seriously. Show of the hands. How many of youhave read my book?

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    Everyone stops laughing and looks away. Ellie raises her handsupportively. So does the Volunteer, Grant sighs.

    GRANT (cont'd)Great. Well maybe dinosaurs have more in common withpresent-day birds than reptiles. Look at the public

    bone - - it's turned backwards, just like a bird. Thevertebrae - - full of hollows and air sacs, just like abird. Even the word raptor means "bird of prey".

    The kid steps forward and looks at the computer skeletoncritically.

    KIDThat doesn't look very scary. More like a six-footturkey.

    Everyone sort of draws in their breath and steps aside,revealing the KID, standing alone. Grant turns to the Kid, lowers hissunglasses, and stares at him like he just came from another planet.

    Grant strolls over to the KID , puts his arms around hisshoulders in a friendly way.

    GRANTTry to imagine yourself in the Jurassic Period.

    (or)Try to imagine yourself in the Cretaceous Period.

    Ellie rolls her eyes.

    ELLIE(under her breath)Here we go.

    GRANT (cont'd)You'd get your first look at the six-foot turkey as youmove into a clearing. But raptor, he knew you werethere a long time ago. He moves like a bird; lightly,bobbing his head, And you keep still, because you thinkmaybe his visual acuity's based on movement, like a T-rex, and he'll lose you if you don't move. But no. NotVELOCIRAPTOR. You stare at him, and he just staresback. That's when the attack comes - - not from the

    front, no, from the side, from the other two raptors youdidn't even know were there.

    Grant walks around the Kid.

    GRANT (cont'd)Velociraptor's a pack hunter, you see, he usescoordinated attack patterns, and he's out in forcetoday. And he slashes at you with this - -

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    He takes the claw from his pocket and holds it at the front ofthe raptor's three-toed foot.

    GRANT (cont'd)- - a six-inch retractable claw, like a razor, on the

    middle toe. They don't bother to bite the jugular, likea lion, they just slash here, here - -

    He points to the Kid's chest and thigh.

    GRANT (cont'd)- - or maybe across the belly, spilling your intestines.Point is, you're alive when they start to eat you.Whole thing took about four seconds.

    The Kid is on the verge if tears.

    GRANT (cont'd)So, you know, try to show a little respect.

    And with that he walks back across the camp, returning to hisskeleton. Ellie hurries to catch up with him.

    ELLIEYou know, if you really wanted to scare the kid youcould've just pulled a gun on him.

    GRANTYeah, I know, you You want to have one ofthose?

    ELLIEWell, not one of those, well yeah, a possibly one atsome point could be a good thing. What's so wrong withkids?

    GRANTOh, Ellie, look. They're noisy, they're messy, they'resticky, they're expensive.

    ELLIECheap, cheap, cheap.

    GRANTThey smell.

    ELLIEOh my god, they do not! They don't smell.

    GRANTThey do smell. Some of them smell.. babies smell.

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    ELLIEAlright, the one on the airplane had an accident, butusually babies don't smell.

    GRANTThey know very little about the Jurassic Period they

    know less about the Cretaceous.

    ELLIEThe what?

    GRANTThe Cretaceous.

    ELLIEAnything else, you old fossil?

    GRANTYeah, plenty. Some of them can't walk!

    ELLIEIt frustrates me so much that I love you, that I need tostrangle you right now!

    Ellie playfully takes Grant's hat off and gives him a tight hug.They kiss.

    A strange wind seems to be whipping up. Grant and Ellie lookaround, confused. The wind is getting stronger, blowing dirt and sandeverywhere, filling in everything they've dug out, blowing theprotective canvasses off. Now there's a more familiar ROAR, and they

    look up and see it - -- - a huge helicopter, descending on the camp.

    ELLIE(to the volunteers)

    Get some canvasses and cover anything that's exposed!

    Grant's already on it, trying to desperately to protect theskeleton he's excavating. He looks up at the helicopter and SHOUTS,shaking his fist.

    CUT TO:


    Down at the base camp, the helicopter has landed. The PILOT isalready out, waiting as GRANT comes down from the mountaintop likeMoses steaming. Grant gestures wildly at him to turn the chopper off.

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    Hammond looks around the trailer approvingly, at the enormousamount of work the bones represent.

    HAMMONDI can see my fifty thousand a year as been well spent.

    The door SLAPS open again and ELLIE comes in, just as pissed offas Grant was.

    ELLIEOkay, who's the jerk?

    GRANTUh, this is our paleobotanist, Dr Ellie.....


    GrantDr Sattler. Ellie, this is Mr. HAMMOND.

    (in case she didn't catch it)John Hammond.

    ELLIEDid I say jerk?

    HAMMONDI'm sorry for the dramatic entrance, but I'm in a hurry.Will you have a wee bit of a drink now and then?

    Hammond begins to walk into the kitchen, making himself at home.Ellie follows him tries to help. Grant settles behind the table.

    HAMMOND (cont'd)Come along then, don't let it get warm!

    (expansively)Come on in, both of you. Sit down.

    As Hammond moves, they notice he walks with a slight limp anduses a cane - - for balance or style, it's hard to say witch.

    ELLIEI have samples all over the kitchen.

    (she takes some stones out of one of the glasses)

    HAMMONDCome along. I know my way around a kitchen. Comealong.

    Ellie goes around towards Grant. She grabs a bottle of water.They look at each other, really aback by this guy's bravado, and sitedown. Hammond dries the glasses.

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    HAMMOND (cont'd)

    Well now, I'll get right to the point. I like you.Both of you. I can tell instantly with people; it's a gift.

    (new subject)I own an island. Off the coast of Costa Rica. I leased

    it from the government and spent the last five years setting up a kindof biological preserve down there. Really spectacular. Spared noexpense. It makes the one I had in Kenya look like a petting zoo. Nodoubt that sooner or later our attractions will send (drive the) kidsright out of their minds.

    GRANTAnd what are those?

    ELLIESmall versions of adults, honey.

    He gives her a dirty look.

    HAMMONDNot just kids - - for everyone. We're going to opennext year. Unless the lawyers kill me first. I don'tcare for lawyers. You?

    GRANTI, uh, don't really know any. We - -

    HAMMONDWell, I'm afraid I do. There's one, a particular pebblein my shoe. He represents my investors. He says they

    insist on outside opinions.GRANT

    What kind of opinions?

    HAMMONDNot to put a fine point on it, your kind. Let's faceit, in your particular field, you're the top minds. IfI could just get you two to sign off on the park - - youknow, give a wee testimonial - - I could get back onschedule - -

    (he Americanizes him pronunciation)- -schedule.

    ELLIEWhy would they care what we think?

    GRANTWhat kind of park is it?


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    Well, it's - - right up your alley.(hands Grant a drink)

    Look, why don't you both (the pair of you) come on downfor the weekend. Love to have the opinion of apaleobotoanist as well.

    (hands Ellie a drink)

    I've got a jet standing by at Choteau.(he jumps up and sites on the counter)

    GRANTNo, I'm sorry, that wouldn't be possible. We've justdiscovered a new skeleton, and - -

    HAMMOND(pours himself a drink)

    I could compensate you by fully funding your dig

    GRANT- - this would be an awfully unusual time - -

    HAMMONDFor a further three years.

    Grant OOFS as Ellie elbows him hard in the ribs.

    ELLIEWhere's the plane?

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    11 EXT CAFE DAYDENNIS NEDRY is in his late thirties, a big guy with a constantsmile that could either be laughing with you or at you, you can nevertell. He sits at a table in front of a Central American cafe, eatingbreakfast

    Another Legend:SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA

    Nedry looks up and sees a man get out of a taxi - - LEWIS(Louis) DODGSON, fiftyish, wearing a large straw hat and looking almosttoo much like an American tourist. Dodgson clutches as attach case

    close to him and scans the cafe furtively.Nedry laughs, shakes his head, and waves to him.


    Dodgson hurries over to the table.


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    (as he sites)You shouldn't use my name.

    NEDRYDodgson, Dodgson.


    We got Dodgson here! See, nobody cares. Nice hat.What are you trying to look like, a secret agent?

    Dodgson ignores that, sets his attach case down next to thetable, and slides it towards Nedry,

    DODGSONSeven fifty.

    Nedry smiles and pulls the attach closer to him.

    DODGSON (cont'd)On delivery, fifty thousand more for ever viable embryo.That's one point five million. If you get all fifteenspecies off the island.

    NEDRYOh, I'll get 'em all.

    DODGSONRemember - - viable embryos. They're no use to us ifthey don't survive.

    NEDRYHow am I supposed to transport them?

    Dodgson pulls an ordinary can of shaving cream from a shoulderbag he carries and sets it on the table.

    DODGSONThe bottom screws open; it's cooled andcompartmentalized inside. They can even check it ifthey want. Press the top.

    Nedry presses the top of the can and real shaving cream comesout. He grins, impressed. While Dodgson talks, Nedry looks around forsomewhere to wipe the shaving cream and ends up dumping it on top ofsomeone's Jell-O on a dessert tray next to him.

    DODGSON (cont'd)There's enough coolant gas for thirty-six hours.

    Nedry looks at the can.

    NEDRYWhat? No menthol?

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    DODGSONMr Nedry, Mr Nedry. The embryos have to be back herein San Jose by then.

    NEDRYThat's up to your guy on the boat. Seven o'clock

    tomorrow night, at the east dock. Make sure he got itright.

    DODGSONI was wondering, how are you planning to beat thesecurity?

    NEDRYI got an eighteen minute window. Eighteen minutes, andyour company catches up on ten years of research.

    A WAITER arrives and puts the check down on the table, betweenthem. Nedry looks down at it pointedly, then up at Dodgson.

    NEDRY (cont'd)Don't get cheep on me Dodgson.

    Dodgson rolls his eyes and picks up the check.

    NEDRY (cont'd)That was Hammond's mistake.


    A helicopter, "IN-GEN CONSTRUCTION" emblazoned on the side,skims low over the shimmering Pacific.


    GRANT, ELLIE, GENNARO and MALCOLM are huddled in the back of thechopper; HAMMOND is in the front with the PILOT.

    There are two other passengers was well -- DONALD GENNARO, thelawyer from the amber mine, now dressed in safari clothes, everythingstraight from Banana Republic. The other Dr. IAN MALCOLM, fortyish,

    dressed all in black, with a snakeskin boots and sunglasses. Malcolm,who finds it hard to take his eyes off Ellie, leans over and SHOUTSover the engine whine.

    MALCOLMSo you two dig up dinosaurs?

    GRANTTry to!

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    Malcolm laughs, finding this very amusing, which confuses Grant.Hammond turns around annoyed.

    HAMMONDYou'll have to get use to Dr. Malcolm! He suffers from

    a deplorable excess of personality, especially for amathematician!

    MALCOLMChaotician, actually! Chaotician!

    Hammond SNORTS, not even bothering to cover his contempt forMalcolm.

    MALCOLMJohn doesn't subscribe to Chaos, particularly what ithas to say about his little science project!

    HAMMONDCodswollop! Ian, you've never come close to explainingthese concerns of yours about this island!

    MALCOLMI certainly have! Very clearly! Because of thebehavior of the system in phase space!

    Hammond just waves him off.

    HAMMONDA load, if I may say so. of fashionable number crunching, thats all it is!

    MALCOLM(poking at Hammond's knee)

    John, John.

    HAMMOND(pushing him away)

    Don't do that!

    MALCOLMDr. Grant, Dr. Sattler -- you've heard of Chaos Theory?


    (shaking her head)No.

    MALCOLMNo? Non-linear equations? Strange attractions?

    (again, she shrugs)Dr. Sattler, I refuse to believe that you are notfamiliar with the concept of attraction!

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    Grant just rolls his eyes as Malcolm gives her an oily grin, butEllie smiles, enjoying Grant's jealousy. Hammond turns to Gennaro andgives him a dirty look.

    HAMMONDI bring scientists -- you bring a rock star.

    Hammond looks out the windshield, and CLAPS his hands excitedly.

    HAMMONDThere it is!

    Up ahead, the others see it.

    ISLA NUBLAR. It's a smallish island, completely ringed by thickclouds that give it a lush, mysterious feel. The PILOT pulls up over aspot in the clouds and starts to descend, fast.

    HAMMOND (cont'd)Bad wind shears! We have to drop pretty fast! Hold on,this can be a little thrilling!

    The helicopter drops like a stone. Outside the windows, theycan see cliff walls racing by, uncomfortably close. They bounce likehell, hitting wind up and down drafts.

    Only Hammond still feels chatty.

    HAMMOND (cont'd)We're planning an airstrip! On pilings, extending outinto the ocean twelve thousand feet! Like La Guardia,

    only a lot safer! What do you think?They don't answer, just hold on. As they near the ground, aluminous white cloud cross appears below them, a landing pad shiningthrough the Plexiglas bubble in the floor of the chopper.

    The cross grows rapidly larger as the chopper plummets, but asudden updraft catches them and they bounce skyward for a moment thendrop again, even faster if possible, before landing with a hard BUMP.


    The chopper plummets and finally lands. One of the workersopens the door and the group gets out. Hammond looks out, proudly.


    Two large, open-top jeeps ROAR down the hilltop away from thelanding cross as the helicopter engines WHINE back to life and therotors start to spin again.

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    ELLIE, GRANT, and MALCOLM hold on tight in the front jeep,HAMMOND and GENNARO are in the rear jeep. Both cars have DRIVERS.

    They pass through an enormous gate in a thirty foot high fence,which is closed behind them by two PARK ATTENDANTS.

    There are large electrical insulators on the fences, warninglights that strobe importantly and clear signs -- "ELECTRIFIED FENCE!10,000 VOLTS!"


    Gennaro regards the fences critically.

    GENNAROThe full fifty mile of perimeter fence are in place?

    HAMMONDAnd the concrete moats, and the motion sensor trackingsystems. Donald, dear boy, do try to relax and enjoyyourself.

    GENNAROLet's get something straight, John. This is not aweekend excursion, this is a serious investigation ofthe stability of the island. Your investors, whom Irepresent, are deeply concerned. Forty-eight hours fromnow, if they - -

    (gestures to Grant, Ellie, and Malcolm)- -aren't convinced. I'm not convinced. And I can shut

    you down John.HAMMOND

    Forty-eight hours from now, I'll be accepting yourapologies. Now get out of the way. So I can see them!

    He shoves Gennaro aside, to get a clear view of Grant, Ellie,and Malcolm.

    HAMMOND (cont'd)I wouldn't miss this for the world.

    The jeeps wind their way along a mountain road.


    Ellie stares off to the right, fascinated by the thick tropicalplant life around them. She tilts her head, as if something's wrongwith this picture.

    She reaches out and grabs hold of a leafy branch as they driveby, TEARING it from the tree.

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    Hammond watching Grant, signals to his Driver .


    Just stop here, stop here. Slow, slow.

    He slows down, then stops. So does the front jeep.


    Ellie stares at the leaf, amazed, running her hand lightly overit.

    ELLIEAlan - -

    But Grant's not paying attention. He's staring too, out theother side of the jeep.

    Grant notices that several of the tree trunks are leafless -just as thick as the other trees, but gray and bare.

    ELLIE (cont'd)(still staring at the leaf)

    This shouldn't be here.

    Grant twists in his seat as the jeep stops and looks at one ofthe gray tree trunks. Riveted, he slowly stands up in his seat, as ifto get closer. He moves to the top of the seat, practically on his

    tiptoes.He raises his head, looking up the length of the trunk. Helooks higher.

    And higher.

    And higher.

    That's no tree trunk. That's a leg. Grant's jaw drops, hishead falls all the way back, and he looks even higher, above the treeline.

    ELLIE (cont'd)(still looking at the leaf)

    This species of vermiform was been extinct since thecretaceous period. This thing - -

    Grant, never tearing his eyes from the brachiosaur, reaches overand grabs Ellie's head, turning it to face the animal.

    She sees it, and drops the leaf.

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    ELLIE (cont'd)

    Oh - - my - - God.

    Grant lets out a long, sharp, HAH - a combination laugh andshout of joy.

    He gets out of the jeep, and Ellie follows. Grant points to thething and manages to put together his first words since its appearance:


    - - a dinosaur. Chewing the branches. Technically, it's abrachiosaur, of the sauropod family, but we've always called itbrontosaurus. It CRUCHES the branch in its mouth, which is somethirty-five feet up off the ground, at the end of its long, archingneck. It stares down at the people in the car with a pleasant, stupidgaze.

    Ellie looks up at the sauropods in wonder.

    They've pretty light on their feet - a far cry from thesluggish, lumbering brutes we would have expected.

    Hammond gets out of his jeep and comes back to join them. Helooks like a proud parent showing off the kid.

    Ian Malcolm looks at Hammond, amazed, and with an expressionthat is a mixture of admiration and rapprochement.

    MALCOLMYou did it. You crazy son of a bitch, you did it.

    Grant and Ellie continue walking, following the dinosaur.

    GRANTThe movement!

    ELLIEThe - - agility. You're right!

    In their amazement, Grant and Ellie talk right over each other.

    GRANTEllie, we can tear up the rule book on cold-bloodedness.It doesn't apply, they're totally wrong! This is a warm-bloodedcreature. They're totally wrong.

    ELLIEThey were wrong. Case closed. This thing doesn't livein a swamp to support it's body weight for God's sake!

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    Several of the top branches are suddenly RIPPED away. Anothersauropod, reaching for a branch high above their heads, standseffortlessly on its hind legs.

    GRANT(to Hammond)

    That thing's got a what, twenty-five, twenty-seven footneck?

    HAMMONDThe brachiosaur? Thirty.

    Grant and Ellie continue to walk.

    GRANT- - and you're going to sit there and try to tell me itcan push blood up a thirty-foot neck without a four-chambered heart andget around like that?! Like that!?

    (to Hammond)This is like a knockout punch for warm-bloodedness.


    We clocked the T-rex at thirty-two miles an hour.

    ELLIEYou've got a T-rex!?

    (to Grant)He's got a T-rex! A T-rex! He said he's- -


    Say again?HAMMOND

    Yes, we have a T-rex.

    Grant feels faint. He sits down on the ground.

    ELLIEHoney, put your head between your knees, and breathe.

    Hammond walks in front of them and looks out.


    Dr. Grant, my dear Dr. Sattler. Welcome to JurassicPark.

    They turn and look at the view again. It's beautiful vista,reminiscent of an African plain. A whole herd of dinosaurs crosses theplain, maybe a hundred that we see in a quick glance alone.

    GRANTEllie, they're absolutely - - they're moving in herds.

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    They do move in herds!

    ELLIEWe were right!


    (to Hammond)How did you do it?!(or)

    How did you do this?!

    HAMMONDI'll show you.

    Finally, we notice Gennaro, who was sort of faded into thebackground while the others reacted. He's just staring, a look ofabsolute rapture on his face.

    He speaks in a voice that is hushed and reverent.

    GENNAROWe are going to make a fortune with this place.

    16 OMITTED


    The main of Jurassic Park is a large area with three mainstructures connected by walkways and surrounded by two impressive

    fences, the outer fence almost twenty feet high.Outside the fences, the jungle has been encouraged to grownaturally.

    The largest building is the visitor's center, several storiestall, its walls still skeletal, unfinished. There's a huge glassrotunda in the center.

    The second building looks like a private residence, a compoundunto itself, with smoked windows and its own perimeter fence.

    The third structure isn't really a building at all, but the

    impressive cage we saw earlier, overgrown inside with thick junglefoliage. The jeeps pull up in front of the visitor's center.


    HAMMOND leads GRANT, ELLIE, GENNARO, and MALCOLM up the stairs,talking as he goes, Two ladies open the doors to the Visitor Center.

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    The lobby of the still-unfinished visitor's center is a high-ceilinged place, and has to be house its central feature, a largeskeleton of a tyrannosaur that is attacking bellowing sauropod.

    WORKMEN in the basket of a Condor crane are still assembling skeletons.A staircase climbs the far wall, to another wing.


    - - the most advanced amusement park in the world,combining all the latest technologies. I'm not talkingrides, you know. Everybody has rides. We made a livingbiological attractions so astonishing they'll capturethe imagination of the entire planet!

    Grant stares up at the dinosaur skeletons and just shakes his head.Ellie catches his reaction.

    ELLIESo what are you thinking?

    GRANTWe're out of a job.

    Ian Malcolm pops in between them

    MALCOLMDon't you mean "extinct"?

    Ellie and Malcolm move on ahead.CUT TO:


    HAMMONDWhy don't you all sit down.

    GRANT, ELLIE, and MALCOLM take their seats in the front row ofthe fifty seat auditorium. GENNARO sits behind them. HAMMOND walksover to the giant screen in front of them.

    Behind him, a huge image of himself beams down at him from thegiant television screen.

    HAMMOND (screen)Hello, John!

    HAMMOND (stage)(to the group)

    Say hello!

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    (then, fumbling with his three by five cards)Oh, I've got lines.

    He scans them, looking for his place. The screen Hammondcontinues without him,

    HAMMOND (screen)Fine, I guess! But how did I get here?!

    HAMMOND (stage)Uh - -

    (finding his place)"Here, let me show you. First I'll need a drop ofblood. Your blood!"

    The screen-Hammond extends his finger and the stage-Hammondreaches out and mimes pocking it with a needle.

    HAMMOND (screen)Ouch, John! That hurt!

    HAMMOND (stage)"Relax, John. It's all part of the miracle of cloning!"

    While the two Hammonds rattle on, the screen image splits intotwo Hammonds, then four then eight, and so on, like a shampoocommercial.

    Grant, Ellie, and Malcolm huddle together excitedly in theaudience.

    GRANTCloning from What?! Loy extraction has never recreatedan intact DNA strand!

    MALCOLMNot without massive sequence gaps!

    ELLIEPaleo-DNA? From what source? Where do you get 100million year old dinosaur blood?!


    20 IN THE FILM,

    the screen-Hammond is joined by another figure, this oneanimated. MR. DNA is a cartoon character, a happy-go-lucky double-helix strand of recombinant DNA. Mr. DNA jumps down onto the screen-Hammond's head and slides down his nose.

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    HAMMONDWell! Mr. DNA! Where'd you come from?

    MR. DNAFrom your blood! Just one drop of your blood containsbillions of strands of DNA, the building blocks of life!

    21 OMITTED

    22 IN THE FILM,

    Mr. DNA has taken over the show, and is speaking to the audiencefrom the screen.

    MR. DNAA DNA strand like me is a blueprint for building aliving thing! And sometimes animals that went extinctmillions of years ago, like dinosaurs, left theirblueprints behind for us to find! We just had to knowwhere to look!

    The screen image changes from animated to a nature- photographylook. It's an extreme close-up of a mosquito, its fangs suck the deepinto some animals flesh, its body pulsing and engorging with blood it'sdrinking.

    MR. DNA (cont'd)A hundred million years ago, there were mosquitoes, justlike today. And, just like today, they fed on the blood

    of animals. Even dinosaurs!The camera races back to show the mosquito is perched on top ofa giant animated brachiosaur.

    The image changes, to another close-up, this one of a treebranch, its bark glistening with golden sap. Mr. DNA leaps on the sap.

    MR. DNA (cont'd)Sometimes, after biting a dinosaur, the mosquito wouldland on a branch of a tree, and get stuck in the sap!

    The engorged mosquito lands in the tree sap, and gets stuck. So

    is Mr. DNA. He tugs his legs, but they stay stuck.


    Now the tree sap flows over them, covering up Mr. DNA and themosquito completely. Mr. DNA SHOUTS from inside the tree sap.

    MR. DNA (cont'd)

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    After a long time, the tree sap would get hard andbecome fossilized, just like a dinosaur bone, preservingthe mosquito inside!


    The place buzzes with activity. Everywhere, there are piles ofamber, tagged and labeled with SCIENTISTS in white coats examining itunder microscopes.

    One SCIENTIST moves a complicated drill apparatus next to thechuck of amber with a fossilized mosquito inside and BORES into theside of it. MR. DNA escapes through the drill hole as the Scientistmoves the amber onto a microscope and peers through the eyepiece.

    MR. DNA (O.S.)This fossilized tree sap -- which we call amber -waited millions of years, with the mosquito inside -until Jurassic Park's scientists came along!


    We see the greatly enlarged image of a mosquito through thelens.

    MR. DNA (O.S.)Using sophisticated techniques, they extract thepreserved blood from the mosquito,and - -

    A long needle is inserted through the amber, into the thorax ofthe mosquito, and makes an extraction.

    MR. DNA (cont'd)- -Bingo! Dino DNA!

    Mr. DNA jumps down in front of DNA data as it races by atheadache speed. He holds his head, dizzied by it.

    MR. DNA (cont'd)A full DNA strand contains three billion genetic codes!If we looked at screens like these once a second for

    eight hours a day, it'd take two years to look at theentire strand! It's that long! And since it's so old,it's full of holes! That's where our geneticists takeover!


    SCIENTISTS toil in a lab with two huge white towers at either

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    MR. DNAThinking Machine supercomputers and gene sequencersbreak down the strand in minutes - -

    One SCIENTIST, in the back has his arms encased in two longrubber tubes. He's strapped into a bizarre apparatus, staring into acomplex headpiece and moving his arms gently, like Tai Chi movements.

    MR. DNA (cont'd)- - and Virtual Reality displays show our geneticiststhe gaps in the DNA sequence! Since most animal DNA isninety percent identical, we use the complete DNA of afrog - -


    we see an actual DNA strand, except it has a big hole in thecenter, where the vital information is missing. Mr. DNA bounds intothe frame, carrying a butch of letters in one hand.

    He puts it in the gap and turns back against it, GRUNTING as heshoves into place.

    MR. DNA(straining)

    - - to fill in the - - holes and - -complete - - the - -(finally getting it)

    - - code! Whew!

    He brushes his hands off, satisfied.

    MR. DNA (cont'd)Now we can make a baby dinosaur!


    The scientist look at each other, not sure.

    HAMMONDAll this has some dramatic music - - da dum da dum da

    dum dum - - march or something, it's not written yet,and the tour moves on - -

    He throws a switch and safety bars appear out of nowhere anddrop over their seats, CLICKING into place.

    HAMMONDFor your own safety!

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    The row of seats moves out of the auditorium.


    The row of seats moves slowly past a row of double-panned glass

    window beneath a large sign that reads"GENETICS/FERTILIZATION/HATCHERY." Inside, TECHNICIANS work atmicroscopes.

    In the back is a section entirely lit by blue ultraviolet light.

    Mr. DNA VOICE continues over a speaker in each seat.

    MR. DNA (O.S.)Our fertilization department is where the dinosaur DNAtakes the place of the DNA in unfertilized emu orostrich eggs - - and then it's on to the nursery, wherewe welcome the dinosaurs back into the world!

    GENNARO has a wondrous grin plastered on his face, just lovingeverything now.

    GENNAROThis is overwhelming, John. Are these characters(people) animatronics?

    HAMMONDNo, we don't have any animatronics here. These are thereal miracle workers of Jurassic Park.

    GRANT, ELLIE, and MALCOLM are frustrated, leaning forward,straining against the safety bars for a better look. But the cars keepgoing.

    GRANTWait a minute! How do you interrupt the cellularmitosis?!?

    ELLIECan't we see the unfertilized host eggs?!

    But the cars are already moving on to another set of windows,which give a glimpse into what looks like a control room.

    HAMMONDShortly, shortly....

    MR. DNA (O.S.)Our control room contains some of the most sophisticatedautomation ever attemptedin - -

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    Grant strains to look back into the labs, but the cars move pastagain, no intention of slowing down.

    GRANTCan't you stop these things?!

    HAMMONDSorry! It's kind of a ride!

    GRANT(to Malcolm)

    Let's get outta here!

    The two of them team up on the safety bars. Grant shoves hisall the way back with one foot and Malcolm does the same. They standup and head for the door of the hatchery.

    GENNAROHey! You can't do that!

    Too late. Ellie slips out from under her safety bar tooand stomps right across Gennaro's seat.

    GENNAROCan they do that?

    They reach the door to the hatchery. Grant tries to shove itopen, but just THUDS into it. He rattles the handle, but the doorwon't budge as it's on a security key-card system.

    HAMMOND steps up and takes his glasses off.

    HAMMONDRelax, Donald, relax. They're scientists, They oughtto be curious.

    (he steps up to the code box)It's a retinal scanner.

    He pushes various code numbers. The door opens. He stepsaside, and the group eagerly goes up the stairs.


    GRANT runs up the stairs. MALCOLM and ELLIE eagerly try to geta look at the lab. HAMMOND and GENNARO come up and join Grant at thedoor.

    GENNAROJohn, we - - what I'm just saying....

    HAMMONDRelax Donald, relax. They're scientists. They ought to

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    be curious.

    Hammond reaches the door, Grant tries to pry it open.

    HAMMOND (cont'd)Dr. Grant, just a minute, just a minute,

    (or)Dr. Grant, just a moment, dear boy.(he pushes the code; the door opens)Remember what Samuel Johnson said.

    (they step into the cubicle)"Curiosity is one of the permanent and certaincharacteristics of a vigorous intellect!"

    (the second door opens)Right! Come along.


    The hatchery is a vast, open room, bathed in infrared light.Long tables run the length of the place, all covered with eggs, theirpale outlines obscured by hissing low mist that's all through the room.

    HAMMONDCome on in.

    HAMMOND takes off his hat and hands it one of the technicians.

    HENRY WU, late twenties, Asian-American, wearing a white labcoat works at a nearby table, making notes.

    HAMMOND (cont'd)Good day, Henry.

    WUOh, good day, Sir.

    GRANT goes to a round, open with various eggs under a stronglight.

    One of the eggs makes strong movements - a robotic arm steadiesthe shell.


    My God! Look!

    Hammond, Ellie, and Malcolm join him, as does Henry Wu.

    WUAh, perfect timing! I'd hoped they'd hatch before I hadto go to the boat.


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    Henry, why didn't you tell me? you know I insist onbeing here when they're born.

    Hammond puts on a pair of plastic gloves.

    The egg begins to crack. The robotic arm moves away....a BABY

    DINOSAUR tries to get out, just its head sticking out of the shell.

    Hammond reaches down and carefully breaks away egg fragments,helping the baby dinosaur out of its shell.

    HAMMONDCome on, then, out you come.

    HAMMOND (cont'd)They imprint on the first living creature they come incontact with. That helps them to trust me. I've beenpresent for the birth of every animal on this Island.Just look at that.

    MALCOLMSurely not the ones that have bred in the wild?

    WUActually, they can't breed in the wild. Populationcontrol is one of our security precautions here. Thereis no unauthorized breeding in Jurassic Park.

    Grant and Ellie exchange a look. She manages not to smile.


    How do you know they can't breed?WU

    Because all the animals in Jurassic Park are females.(I've) We engineered them that way.

    Hammond keeps his attention trained on the new dinosaur.

    HAMMONDThere you are. Out you come.

    ELLIEOh my God.

    HAMMONDCould I have a tissue please?

    WURight away (certainly). Coming right up.

    The animal is now free, Hammond sets in don carefully next toits shell. Grant picks it up and holds it in the palm of his hand,

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    under the incubator's heat light.

    GRANTBlood temperature feels like high eighties.




    Grant picks up the large, broken half-shell, but the robotic armsnatches it back out of his hand, and puts it down.

    GRANTHomoeothermic? It holds that temperature?

    (to Wu)Incredible.

    Malcolm is looking at Hammond, skeptical.

    MALCOLMBut again, how do you know they're all female? Doessomeone go into the park and, uh - - lift up thedinosaurs' skirts?

    WUWe control their chromosomes. It's not that difficult.All vertebrate embryos are inherently female anyway. It takes an extrahormone at the right developmental stage to create a male, and wesimply deny them that.

    HAMMONDYour silence intrigues me.

    MALCOLMJohn, the kind of control you're attempting is notpossible. If there's one thing the history of evolutionhas taught us, it's that life will not be contained.Life breaks free. It expands to new territories. Itcrashes through barriers. Painfully, maybe even..dangerously, but and...well, there it is.

    Ellie listens to him, impressed.

    HAMMONDWatch her head - support her head.

    Grant, ignoring the others, picks up the baby dinosaur, andholds it on the palm of his hand, under the incubator's heat light. Hespreads the tiny animal out on the back of his hand and delicately runshis finger over its tail, counting the vertebrae. A look of puzzledrecognition crosses his face.

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    You're implying that a group of composed entirely offemales will breed?


    I'm simply saying that life - - finds a way.

    ELLIE"You can't control anything." I agree with that. Ilike that.

    She walks over to Malcolm, he smiles at her, too warmly.

    ELLIE (cont'd)You can talk. I don't k now how to say it. You're justarticulate. You say everything that I think, that Ifeel. It's exciting.

    (or)I find it so exciting. It's exciting that you can'tcontrol life, that you know - -

    (or)You know that, I find it terrifying. Life will alwaysfind a way.

    MALCOLMThat's right. Will break through.

    ELLIEI get ah - -

    MALCOLMI know, it's very exciting.

    ELLIEAnd scary.

    MALCOLMAnd scary.

    ELLIEWhen people try to control things that it's out of theirpower - -

    MALCOLMIt's anti-nature.


    Grant doesn't notice, as he's still obsessed with the infantdinosaur, measuring and weighing it on a nearby lab bench. He stops, astrange look on his face. He knows what this animal is - - but it

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    can't be.

    GRANT(dreading the answer)

    What species is this?

    WUUh - - it's a Velociraptor.

    Grant and Ellie turn slowly and look at each other, then look atHammond, astonished.

    GRANTYou bred raptors?


    Grant charges across the compound, a fire in his eyes, ahead ofELLIE, MALCOLM, and GENNARO. HAMMOND struggles to keep up.

    HAMMONDDr. Grant, Dr. Grant? Uh - -we planned to show you theraptors later, after lunch.

    But Grant has stopped abruptly next to the Velociraptor pen,which we recognize as the heavily fortified cage we some earlier, whichthe San Quentin towers at one end.

    Grant stands right up against the fence, eyes wide, dying for aglimpse.

    HAMMOND catches up, slightly out of breath.

    HAMMOND (cont'd)Dr. Grant - - as I was saying, we've laid out lunch foryou before you head out into the park. Alejandro, ourgourmet chef - -

    GRANTWhat are they doing?

    As they watch, a giant crane lowers something large down intothe middle of the jungle foliage inside the pen. Something very large.

    It's a steer. They poor thing looks disconcerted as hell,helpless its in a harness, flailing its legs in the air.

    HAMMONDFeeding them.

    (moving along)Alejandro is preparing a delightful meal for us. AChilean sea bass, I believe. Shall we?

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    Grant goes up to the viewing deck. The others follow, staringas the steer disappears into the shroud of foliage. The line from thecrane hangs for a moment.

    The jungle seems to grow very quiet. They all stare at the

    motionless crane line. It jerks suddenly, like a fishing pole finallygetting a nibble. There's a pause - -

    - - and then a frenzy. The line jerks every which way, thejungle plants sway and SNAP from some frantic activity within, there isa cacophony of GROWLING, of SNAPPING, of wet CRUNCHES that mean thesteer is literally being torn to pieces and is almost makes it worsethat we can't see anything of what's going on - -

    - - and then it's quiet again. The line jerks a few times, thenstops. Slowly the SOUND of the jungle starts up again.

    HAMMONDFascinating animals, fascinating.

    ELLIEOh my God.

    HAMMONDGive time, they'll out draw the T-rex. Guarantee it.

    GRANTI want to see them. Can we get closer?

    Ellie puts a hand on his arm, like calming an overexcited child.

    ELLIEAlan, these aren't bones anymore.

    HAMMONDWe're - - still perfecting a viewing system. Theraptors seem to be a bit resistant to integration into apark setting.

    A VOICE comes from behind them.

    VOICE (O.S.)They should all be destroyed.

    They turn and look at the man who spoke. ROBERT MULDOON, thegrim-faced man who was present at the accident in the beginning, isfortyish, British.

    He joins them and takes his hat off. When Muldoon talks, youlisten.


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    Robert. Robert Muldoon, my game warden from Kenya. Bitof an alarmist, I'm afraid, But he's dealt with theraptors more than anyone.

    GRANT(introducing himself)

    Alan Grant. Tell me, what kind of metabolism do theyhave? What's their growth rate?(or)

    rate of growth.

    MULDOONThey're lethal at eight months. And I do lethal. I'vehunted most things that can hunt you, but the way thesethings move - -

    GRANTFast for biped?

    MULDOONCheetah speed. Fifty, sixty miles per hour if they evergot out in the open. And they're astonishing jumpers.

    HAMMONDYes, yes, yes, which is why we take extreme precautions.They viewing area below us will have eight-inch temperedglass set in reinforced steel frames to - -

    GRANTDo they show intelligence? With the brain cavity liketheirs we assumed - -

    MULDOONThey show extreme intelligence, even problem solving.Especially the big one. We bred eight originally, butwhen she came in, she took over the pride and killed allbut two of the others. That one - -when she looks atyou, you can see she's thinking (or) working thingsout. She's the reason we have to feed 'em like this.She had them all attacking the fences when the feederscame.

    ELLIEThe fences are electrified, right?

    MULDOONThat's right. But they never attack the same placetwice. They were testing the fences for weaknesses.Systematically. They remembered.

    Behind them, the crane WHIRRS back to life, raising the cableback up out of the raptor pen. The guest turn and stare as the endportion of the cable becomes visible. The steer has been dragged

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    completely away, leaving only the tattered, bloody harness.

    Hammond claps his hands together excitedly.

    HAMMONDWho's hungry? After you, my dear.


    HAMMOND, GRANT, ELLIE, MALCOLM, and GANNARO eat lunch at a longtable in the visitor's center restaurant.

    There is a large buffet table and two WAITERS to serve them.

    The room is darkened and Hammond is showing slides of variousscenes all around them. Hammond's own recorded voice describes currentand future features of the park while the slides flash artists'renderings of all them.

    The real Hammond turns and speaks over the narration.

    HAMMONDNone of these attractions have been finished yet. Thepark will open with the basic tour you're about to take,and then other rides will come on line after six ortwelve months. Absolutely spectacular designs. Sparedno expense.

    More slides CLICK past, a series of graphs dealing with profits,attendance and other fiscal projections. Donald Gennaro, who has

    become increasingly friendly with Hammond, even giddy, grins from earto ear.

    GENNAROAnd we can charge anything we want! Two thousand a day,ten thousand a day - - people will pay it! And thenthere's the merchandising - -

    HAMMONDDonald, this park was not built to carter only to thesuper rich. Everyone in the world's got a right toenjoy these animals.

    GENNAROSure, they will, they will.

    (laughing)We'll have a - - coupon day or something.

    Grant looks down, at the plate he's eating from. It's in theshape of the island itself. He looks at his drinking cup. It's got aT-rex on it, and a splashy Jurassic Park logo.

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    There are a stack of folded amusement park-style maps on thetable in front of Grant. He picks one up. Boldly, across the top itsays, "Fly United to Jurassic Park!"

    HAMMOND(on tape)

    - - from combined revenue streams for all three parksshould reach eight to nine billion dollars a year - -

    HAMMOND(to Gennaro)

    That's conservative, of course. There's no reason tospeculate wildly.

    GENNAROI've never been a rich man. I hear it's nice. Is itnice?

    Ian Malcolm, who was been watching the screens with outrightcontempt, SNORTS, as if he's finally had enough.

    MALCOLMThe lack of humility before nature that's been displayedhere staggers me.

    They all turn and look at him.

    GENNAROThank you, Dr. Malcolm, but I think things are a littledifferent than you and I feared.

    MALCOLMYes, I know. They're a lot worse.

    GENNARONow, wait a second, we haven't even see the park yet.Let's just hold out concerns until - -

    (or alt. version)Wait - we were invited to this island to evaluate thesafety conditions of the park, physical containment.The theories that all simple systems have complexbehavior, that animals in a zoo environment willeventually begin to behave in an unpredictable fashionhave nothing to do with that evaluation. This is not

    some existential furlough, this is an on-siteinspection. You are a doctor. Do your job. You areinvalidating your own assessment. I'm sorry, John - -

    HAMMONDAlright Donald, alright, but just let him talk. I wantto hear all viewpoints. I truly do.

    (or)I truly am.

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    Don't you see the danger, John, inherent in what you'redoing here? Genetic power is the most awesome forceever seen on this planet. But you wield it like a kidwho's found his dad's gun.

    MALCOLM GENNAROIf I may.... It is hardly appropriateto start hurlingExcuse me, excuse me - - generalizations before - -I'll tell you.

    MALCOLM (cont'd)The problem with scientific power you've used is itdidn't require any discipline to attain it. You readwhat others had done and you took the next step. Youdidn't earn the knowledge yourselves, so you don't takethe responsibility for it. You stood on the shouldersof geniuses to accomplish something as fast as youcould, and before you knew what you had, you patentedit, packages it, slapped in on a plastic lunch box, andnow you want to sell it.

    HAMMONDYou don't give us our due credit. Our scientists havedone things no one could ever do before.

    MALCOLMYour scientists were so preoccupied with whether or notthey could that they didn't stop to think if they

    should. Science can create pesticides, but it can'ttell us not to use them. Science can make a nuclearreactor, but it can't tell us not to build it!

    HAMMONDBut this is nature! Why not give an extinct species asecond chance?! I mean, Condors. Condors are on theverge of extinction - - if I'd created a flock of themon the island, you wouldn't be saying any of this!

    (or)have anything to say at all!


    Hold on - - this is no species that was obliterated bydeforestation or the building of a dam. Dinosaurs hadtheir shot. Nature selected them for extinction.

    HAMMONDI don't understand this Luddite attitude, especiallyfrom a scientist. How could we stand in the light ofdiscovery and not act?

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    MALCOLMThere's nothing that great about discovery.

    (or)What's so great about discovery? It's a violent,penetrative act that scars what it explores. What youcall discovery I call the rape of the natural world!

    GENNAROPlease - - let's hear something from the others. Dr.Grant? I am sorry - - Dr. Sattler?

    ELLIEThe question is - - how much can you know about anextinct ecosystem, and therefore, how could you assumeyou can control it? You have plants right here in thisbuilding, for example, that are poisonous. You pickedthem because they look pretty, but these are aggressiveliving things that have no idea what century they'reliving in and will defend themselves. Violently, ifnecessary.

    Exasperated, Hammond turns to Grant, who looks shell-shocked.

    HAMMONDDr. Grant, if there's one person who can appreciate allof this - -

    (or)What am I trying to do?

    But Grant speaks quietly, really thrown by all of this.

    GRANTI feel - - elated and - - frightened and - -(starts over)

    The world has just changed so radically. We're allrunning to catch up. I don't want to jump to anyconclusions, but look - -

    He leans forward, a look of true concern on his face.

    GRANT (cont'd)Dinosaurs and man - - two species separated by 65million years of evolution - - have just been suddenlythrown back into the mix together. How can we have the

    faintest idea of what to expect?

    HAMMONDI don't believe it. I expected you to come down hereand defend me from these characters and the only oneI've got on my side it the bloodsucking lawyer!?

    GENNAROThank you.

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    One of the WAITERS whispers to Hammond.

    HAMMONDAh - - they're here.



    HAMMOND, GRANT, ELLIE, MALCOLM, and GENNARO walks out of therestaurant and into the lobby of the visitor's center. They head downthe stairs, and pass the skeletons of the dinosaurs again.

    HAMMONDYou four are going to have a little company out in thepark. Spend a little time with our target audience.Maybe they'll help you get the spirit of this place.

    GRANTWhat does he mean by "target audience"?

    Hammond turns toward the door of the center and throws his armsout expansively.



    Two kids standing in the doorway to the center break into a broad

    smiles. TIM, the boy, is about nine years old; ALEXIX, his sister,looks around twelve.

    TIM & LEXGrandpa!

    They race across the lobby and into Hammond's arms, knocking himover on the steps.

    LEXWe miss you.


    Thanks for the presents.

    LEXWe love the presents.

    HAMMONDYou must be careful with me. Did you like thehelicopter?

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    TIMIt was great! It drops, we were dropping!

    Grant looks on.


    Two modified Ford Explorers leap up out of an underground garagebeneath the visitor's center. They move quietly, with a faintelectronic HUM, and straddle a partially buried metal rail is themiddle of the road. They pull to a stop where the group is gathered.

    Ellie is off to the side with ALEXIS, introducing herselfwarmly.


    HAMMONDHave a heart gentlemen. Their parents are getting adivorce and they need the diversion.

    GENNAROHey! Where are the brakes?

    HAMMONDBrakes? No. No brakes. They're electric cars, guidedby this track in the roadway, and totally non-polluting,top of the line!


    It's interactive CD-ROM. Look, see - - you just touchthe right part of the screen and it talks about whateveryou want.

    HAMMONDSpared no expense. Have fun. I'll be watching you fromthe control (or) back in control.

    (to Ellie)Come along, my dear. You'll ride in the second car, Ican promise you you'll have a real wonderful time.

    ELLIEOh thank you so much. So you'll see you later then.

    Hammond turns and head back towards the Visitor's Center.

    MALCOLM(too eagerly; to Grant)

    I'll ride with Dr. Sattler.(or)

    I'm going to ride with Dr. Sattler.

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    He turns and walks over to Ellie. Grant frowns, not liking thisone bit. He moves to follow, but TIM cuts him off, and stares up athim, wide-eyed

    TIMI read your book.

    GRANTOh, yeah - - great.

    Grant heads for the rear car. Tim follows.

    TIMYou really think dinosaurs turned into birds? Andthat's where all the dinosaurs went?

    Grant opens the door of the rear car and climbs in. Timfollows.

    GRANTWell, uh, a few species - - may have evolved, uh - -along those lines - - yeah.

    A mechanical voice intones from inside:

    VOICE"Two to four passengers to a car, please. Childrenunder ten must be accompanied by an adult."

    Tim is right behind Grant, so Grant keeps moving, across theback seat of the car and out the other door. But Tim follows.

    TIMBecause they sure don't look like birds to me. I hearda meteor hit the earth and made like this one hundredmile crater someplace down in Mexico - -

    GRANTListen, ahh - -



    Tim. Which car were you planning on - -

    TIMWhichever one you are.

    Grant goes to the front car again, opens the rear door, andholds it for Tim, who climbs in the back seat, rattling on and on.


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    Then I head about this thing in OMNI? About the meteormaking all this heat that made a bunch of diamond dust?And that changed the weather and they died because ofthe weather? Then my teacher told me about this otherbook by a guy named Bakker? And he said the dinosaursdied of a bunch of diseases.

    SLAM! Grant closes the car door on Tim. He turns and head forthe rear vehicle - -

    - - and bumps right into Lex.

    LEX(points at Ellie)

    She said I should ride with you because it would be goodfor you.

    Grant looks over at Ellie, annoyed.

    GRANTShe's a deeply neurotic woman.

    CUT TO:


    The Jurassic Park control room looks like a mission control fora space launch, with several computer terminals and dozens of videoscreens that display images of various dinosaurs, taken from all over

    the park.There's a large glass map of the island at the front of the roomthat is lit up like a Christmas tree with various colored lights, eachone with a number and identification code next to it.

    But the place is unfinished, with unattached cables,construction materials, and ladders scattered about.

    The mood among the half dozen TECHNICIANS present is chaotic asthey rush around with last-minute adjustments.

    MULDOON whisks in through the double doors. HAMMOND is right

    behind him. They go straight to the main console, where RAY ARNOLDfortyish, a chronic worrier and chain-smoker, is seated.

    MULDOONNational Weather Service is tracking a tropical stormabout seventy-five miles west of us.

    Hammond sighs and looks over Arnold's shoulder.

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    HAMMONDWhy didn't I build in Orlando?

    MULDOONI'll keep an eye on it. Maybe it'll swing south likethe last one.

    HAMMOND(a deep breath)

    Ray, start the tour program.

    He punches a button on the console.

    ARNOLD (cont'd)(not exactly comforting)

    Hold onto your butts.

    CUT TO:


    With a loud CHUNK, the Explorers start forward along theelectrical pathway.

    GENNARO, TIM, and LEX are in the front vehicle; GRANT, ELLIE,and MALCOLM in the rear.


    They pass through two enormous, primitive gates, torches blazingon either side.


    IN THE REAR CAR, the Explorer's speakers BLARE with fanfare oftrumpets, and the interior video screen flashes "Welcome to JurassicPark." A familiar VOICE comes over the speaker:

    VOICE (O.S.)Welcome to Jurassic Park. You are now entering the lost

    world of the prehistoric past, a world - -

    VOICE (cont'd)creatures long gone from the face of the earth, whichyou are privileged to see for the first time.


    HAMMOND watches the monitor. His grandchildren are enjoying

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    HAMMONDBy the way, that's James Earl Jones (or) Richard Kiley.We spared no expense!


    the fences are retaining walls are covered with greenery andgrowth, to heighten the illusion of moving through a jungle.


    GENNAROThe accident took place in a restricted area. It wouldnot have been available to the public access. So howcan the safety of the public be called into question?

    The cars come to the top of a low rise, where a break in the foliagegives them a view down a sloping field that is broken by a river. Thetour voice continues.

    VOICE (O.S.)To the right, you will see a herd of the first dinosaurson our tour, called Dilophosaurus.


    Tim and Lex practically SLAM up against the windows, to get a look.


    (keeps talking)The safety. That's the problem I had to answer.


    TIMI can't see.

    GENNAROWhat are we looking for?




    Grant looks at his map. Ellie, hearing the voice, reacts.

    ELLIEOh, shit.

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    Grant, Malcolm, and Ellie press against the windows.


    there are a lot of beautiful plants, but no sign of a herd of anything.The tour voice continues anyway.

    VOICE (O.S.)One of the earliest carnivores, we now knowDilophosaurus is actually poisonous, spitting its venomat its prey, causing blindness and eventually paralysis,allowing the carnivore to eat at its leisure. Thismakes Dilophosaurus a beautiful, but deadly addition toJurassic Park.

    Corny SCARY MUSIC plays over the speaker.


    TIMThere's nothing there!


    ELLIEAlan, where?

    Grant and the others sit back, disappointed.



    the cars move on. As they roll past, we notice the headlights are on,even in the daytime.

    CUT TO:


    RAY ARNOLD watches his computer screen and the video monitors atthe same time, keeping an eye on the cars as they move through thepark. HAMMOND hovers over his shoulder.

    ARNOLDVehicle headlights are on and don't respond. Thoseshouldn't be running off the car batteries.

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    He signs and reaches for a clipboard hanging next to his chairand jots this down.

    ARNOLD (cont'd)Item one fifty-one on today's glitch list. We've got

    all the problems of a major theme park and a major zoo,and the computer's not even on its feet yet.

    Hammond shakes his head and turns to the TECHNICIAN to hisright, who still has his back to them, watching a Costa Rican game showon one of his monitors and drinking a Jolt cola.

    HAMMONDDennis, our lives are in your hands and you havebutterfingers.

    The Technician turns around his chair and extends his arms in aChrist-like pose. As we get a good look at him, we get the sinkingfeeling that we've seen him somewhere before. And we have. DENNISNEDRY is the man who accepted a suitcase full of cash in San Jose.

    NEDRYI am totally unappreciated in my time. We can run thewhole park from this room, with minimal staff, for up tothree days. You think that kind of automation is easy?Or cheap? You know anybody who can network eightConnection Machines and de-bug two million lines of codefor what I bid this job? Because I'd sure as hell liketo see them try.

    HAMMONDI'm sorry about your financial problems. I really am.But they are your problems.

    NEDRYYou're right, John. You're absolutely right.Everything's my problem.

    HAMMONDI will not get drawn into another financial conversationwith you, Dennis. I really will not.


    I don't think there's been any debate. There's mistakes....

    HAMMONDI don't blame people for their mistakes, but I do askthat they pay for them.

    NEDRYThanks, Dad.

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    Dennis - -the headlights.

    NEDRYI'll de-bug the tour program when they get back. Okay?

    It'll eat a lot of computer cycles; parts of the systemmay go down for a while - - Don't blame me. If I amplaying...losing memory....

    MULDOON, who has been hovering near the video monitors asalways, turns towards them, annoyed.

    MULDOONQuiet, all if you. They're coming to the tyrannosaurpaddock.

    CUT TO:


    The two Explorers drive along a high ridge and stop at the edgeof the large, open plain that is separated from the road by a fifteen-foot fence, clearly marked with "DANGER!" signs and ominous-lookingelectrical post.

    TIM, LEX, and GENNARO are pressed forward against the windows,eyes wide, waiting for you-know-who.

    IN THE REAR CAR,The voice of the radio drones on, but GRANT, ELLIE, and MALCOLMaren't even listening anymore, dying of anticipation.

    VOICE (O.S.)The mighty tyrannosaurus arose late in the dinosaurhistory. Dinosaurs ruled the earth for hundred andfifty million years, but it wasn't until the last- -

    GRANTWill you turn that thing off?

    Ellie flips a switch and they wait in silence - - except forMalcolm, who looks at the ceiling, thinking aloud.

    MALCOLMGod creates dinosaurs. God destroys dinosaurs. Godcreates man. Man destroys God. Man creates dinosaurs.

    ELLIE(finishing it for him)

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    Tim and Lex can't tear their eyes away,


    finally, the goat - -

    - - lays down.


    everyone sits back, disappointed again, as the cars pull forwardto continue the tour. Malcolm picks up the microphone.

    MALCOLMNow, eventually you do plan to have dinosaurs on yourdinosaur tour, right?


    HAMMOND just shakes his head as Malcolm's voice comes through,

    HAMMONDI really hate that man.


    GRANT gets into the seat, leaving MALCOLM behind ELLIE. Helongingly looks out of the opposite window, while Malcolm rattles on toEllie.

    MALCOLMYou see? The tyrannosaur doesn't obey set patterns orpark schedules. It's the essence of Chaos.

    ELLIEI'm still not clear on Chaos.

    MALCOLMIt simply deals with unpredictability in complex

    systems. It's only principle is the Butterfly Effect.A butterfly can flap its wings in Peking and in CentralPark you get rain instead of sunshine.

    Ellie gestures with her hand to show this information has goneright over her head.

    MALCOLMI made a fly by, I go too fast.

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    Looking out of the opposite window, Grant sees movement at thefar end of a field. He sits bolt upright, trying to get a better look.

    Malcolm, looking for another example - -

    MALCOLM (cont'd)(points to the glass of water)Here. Give me your glass of water.

    He dips his hand into the glass of water. He takes Ellie's handin his own.

    MALCOLM (cont'd)Make like hieroglyphics. Now watch the way the drop ofwater falls on your hand.

    He flicks his fingers and a drop falls on the back of Ellie'shand.

    MALCOLM (cont'd)Ready? Freeze your hand. Now I'm going to do the samething from the exact same place. Which way is the dropgoing to roll off?

    (or)Which way will the drop roll? Over which finger? Ordown your thumb? Or to the other side?

    ELLIEUh - - thumb!


    The same way.MALCOLM

    It changed. Why?(or)

    Okay, back over your wrist.(then)

    Because and here is the principle of tiny variations - -the orientations of the hairs - -

    ELLIEAlan, listen to this.

    MALCOLM- - on your hand, the amount of blood distending in yourvessels, imperfections in the skin - -

    ELLIEOh, imperfections?

    MALCOLMMicroscopic - - never repeat, and vastly affect the

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    outcome. That's what?



    And even if we haven't seen it yet, I'm quite sure it'sgoing on in this park right now.

    There's definitely something out in that field, and Grant has tosee it.

    He jerks on the door handle and opens his door a few inches. Helooks outside towards freedom, then looks around to is anybody'swatching him.

    Malcolm lowers his voice, becoming more seductive now.

    MALCOLM (cont'd)Life's a lot like that, isn't it? You meet someone bychance you'll never meet again, and the course of yourwhole future changes. It's dynamic - - its exciting - -I think.

    Grant throws the door open and bolts out of the moving car.

    MALCOLM (cont'd)There, there see?! I'm right again!


    MALCOLMNo one could have predicted Dr. Grant would suddenlyjump out of a moving vehicle!


    She jumps out too and follows him into the field.

    MALCOLMThere's another example!


    TIMHey! I want to go with them!


    MALCOLMSee? Here I am now, by myself, talking to myself - -

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    that's Chaos Theory! What the hell am I doing here?I'm the only one who knows what's going on, etc, etc....


    HAMMOND, MULDOON, and ARNOLD stare at the video monitor

    incredulously as everyone now pouts out of the cars and follows Grantdown the hill.

    The cars roll on slowly, empty, their doors hanging open.

    ARNOLDUh - - Mr. Hammond - -

    HAMMONDStop the program! Stop the program!

    MULDOONThere you are! How many times did I tell you we neededlocking mechanisms on the vehicle doors!


    DENNIS NEDRY sneaks a peek at the video monitor. It shows animage of the steel door, plainly marked - - "EMBRYONIC COLD STORAGE.RESTRICTED!"

    He looks to another monitor, which is labeled "EAST DOCK." Themonitor shows a supply ship, moored at the dock. Its cargo is beinguploaded and a large group of WORKERS is filing aboard.

    Nedry has something in the counter, where no one can see it.It's a can of shaving cream.


    GRANT, ELLIE, GENNARO, and the KIDS are out in the open field,heading towards a small stand of trees. For the first time, we noticethe sky is darken rather early in the day. Tim dogs Grant's footsteps,so excited he can hardly keep his feet on the ground.

    TIMSo like I was saying, there's this other book by a guynamed Bakker? And he said dinosaurs died of a bunch of

    diseases? He definitely didn't say they turned intobirds.

    Gennaro is scared as hell, following the others, but his headdarting left and right.

    ELLIEAlan? Where are we going? You see something?

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    GENNAROUh - - anybody else think we shouldn't be out here?

    TIMAnd his book was a lot fatter than yours.


    ELLIEYours was fully illustrated, honey.

    GENNAROAnybody at all. Feel free to speak up.

    Lex stumbles and Grant takes her hand, to stop her from falling.She looks up at him and smiles.

    Grant smiles back and tries to recover his hand, but Lex holdstight. He's massively uncomfortable. Ellie notices.

    Suddenly they all stop in their tracks. A huge smile spreadsacross the faces of both Tim and Grant. Grant walks forward. Timfollows.

    ELLIETimmy, Timmy.

    LEXCome back here, blanket head.

    Fearless, Tim walks forward behind Grant.HARDING (O.S.)

    Hi everybody, Don't be scared.

    Tim reaches the clearing and sees:

    A Triceratops, a big one, lying on its side, blocking the lightat the end of the path. It has an enormous curved shell that flanksits head, two big horns over its eyes, and a third on the end of itsnose. It doesn't move, just breathes, loud and raspy, blowing up alittle clouds of dust with every exhalation.

    Grant stands next to Harding, almost in a daze.

    GRANTBeautiful. Is it okay? Can I touch it?


    Grant walks next to the animal and strokes its head. Ellie

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    moves forward to the animal.

    GRANTOh Ellie. It's so beautiful. It's the most beautifulthing I ever saw.

    ELLIEIt's my favorite.

    They both kneel, checking the animal.

    He furrows his bow, noticing something, all professionalcuriosity now. The animal's tongue, dark purple, droops limply fromits mouth.

    GRANT (cont'd)Ellie, take a look at this.

    ELLIEYeah, baby girl, it's okay.

    She scratches the tongue with her fingernail. A clear liquidleaks from the broken blisters.

    ELLIEMicro vesicles. That's interesting.

    Grant, fascinated, wanders all the way around to the back of theanimal. Harding joins Ellie and hands her his penlight.

    ELLIE (cont'd)

    What are her symptoms?HARDING

    Imbalance, disorientation, labored breathing. Seems tohappen about every six weeks or so.

    ELLIESix weeks?

    She takes the penlight from the veterinarian and shines it inthe animal's eyes.

    ELLIE (cont'd)

    Are there pupillary effects from the tranquilizer?

    HARDINGYes, mitotic, pupils should be constricted.

    ELLIEThese are dilated. Take a look.


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    They are?(checks it out)

    I'll be damned.

    ELLIEThat's pharmacological. From local plant life.

    She turns and studies the surrounding landscape. Her mind'sreally at work, puzzling over each piece of foliage.

    ELLIE (cont'd)(pointing)

    Is that (or) this West Indian lilac?

    HARDINGYes. We know they're toxic, but the animals don't eatthem.

    ELLIEAre you sure?

    HARDINGPretty sure.

    ELLIEThere's only one way to be positive. I need to see somedroppings.

    (or)I have to see the dinosaur's droppings.


    You won't be able to miss them.(or)Can't miss them.

    Malcolm walks up to Ellie.

    MALCOLMDino droppings?


    She walks way, Malcolm looks on.


    HAMMOND and ARNOLD are watching the video monitors, displeasedabout something. Arnold is looking at one that gives them a view fromthe beach, looking out at the ocean. The clouds beyond are almostblack with a tropical storm.

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    ARNOLDThat storm center hasn't dissipated or changed course.We're going to have to cut the tour short, I'm afraid.Pick it up again tomorrow where we left off.


    You're sure we have to?

    ARNOLDIt's not worth taking the chance, John.

    MULDOON(into phone)

    Sustain winds 45 knots.


    Tell them when they get back to the cars.

    MULDOON(into phone)

    Thanks, Steve.

    ARNOLD(making an announcement to the others)

    Ladies and gentlemen, last shuttle to the dock leaves inapproximately five minutes. Drop what you are doing andleave now.



    NEDRY stares at his video monitor, watching the boat. He's onthe phone with the MATE, whose images he can see on the monitor. Theseas around the dock are much rougher now.

    MATEWe're not well-berthed here without a storm barrier! Wemay have to leave as soon as the last of the works areaboard.

    NEDRY(low voice)

    No, no. You stick to the plan. You wait till they'reback from the tour.


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    As the weather grows darker, ELLIE, GRANT, HARDING, and MALCOLMare grouped around an enormous spoor of triceratops excreta that standsat least waist high and is covered with BUZZING flies.

    MALCOLMThat is one big pile of shit.

    Ellie has plastic gloves on the reach up to her elbows, and isjust withdrawing her hand from the middle of the dung.

    ELLIE(to Harding)

    You're right. There's no trace of lilac berries.That's so weird, though. She shows all the classicsigns of Meliatoxicity,

    (thinking aloud)Every six weeks - -

    She turns and walks out into the open field a few paces,thinking. Malcolm watches her, and looks back at the dung.

    MALCOLMto Grant)

    She's, uh - - tenacious.

    GRANTYou have no idea.

    MALCOLMto Ellie)

    You will remember to wash your hands before you eat



    DENNIS NEDRY is busily and surreptitiously typing a series ofcommands into his console. On his screen, a cartoon hand winds up acartoon clock, moving its second hand up to the twelve. The clockrotates around to face us.

    It has a large green dollar sign in the middle. A big wordappears on screen, an option surrounded by forbidding red box."EXECUTE," it says.


    The skies are really foreboding now, and there's a sense ofgrowing urgency. ELLIE is by the animal, a short distance away fromthe group. GRANT is near her, thinking.


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    Ellie, I've been thinking there's something about theperiodicity doesn't had up.

    ELLIEI know.

    Tim holds one of the smooth rocks up and calls out, a littletimidly.

    TIMThese look kind of familiar.

    GRANTTriceratops was a constant browser, and constantbrowsers would be constantly sick.

    ELLIEConstantly sick.

    GRANTNot just every six weeks.

    ELLIEYeah, I know.

    TIMI've seen pictures of these!

    Grant turns and looks at him, a little annoyed.


    In your fully illustrated book.Grant just rolls his eyes, but Ellie comes over and checks outthe stones.

    ELLIEWhat's that?

    A light goes on in her eyes.

    ELLIEAlan - - gizzard stones!

    She throws Grant one of the stones. They look at each other inamazement.

    As before, when they get excited, they talk right over eachother.

    GRANTElm that's it, it explains the periodicity, the - -

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    ELLIE- - the undigested state of the berries because it's - -

    GRANT- - totally incidental


    unrelated to the feeding pattern - -

    TIMWhat are you guys saying?

    ELLIE(turning to Tim)

    It's simple, see. Some animals like her, don't haveteeth - -

    GRANT- - like birds - -

    ELLIE- - like birds. What happen is, they swallow the stonesand hold them in a muscular sack in their stomachs - -

    GRANT- - a gizzard - -

    ELLIE- - which is called a gizzard, and it helps them mashtheir food, but what happens after a while - -


    - - what happens is that after a while, the stones getsmooth, every six weeks, so the animal regurgitates them- -

    ELLIE(for Tim)

    - - barfs them up - -

    GRANT- - and swallows fresh ones.

    ELLIEAnd when she swallows the stones, she swallows the

    poison berries too. That's what makes her sick.(impressed)

    Good work Tim.

    She looks at Grant pointedly. Tim looks up at Grant too,smiling from ear to ear. Grant GRUNTS, not so easily convinced.

    THUNDER rumbles as the storm overhead is about to bust loose.GENNARO, scared of more than one thing now, puts his foot down.

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    Doctors, if you please - - I have to insist we getmoving.


    Oh, you know, if it's alright, I'd like to stay with Dr.Harding a